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Linda Oneida Suárez Sánchez

WHRD, Member
Colombia Free of Fracking alliance

Linda Oneida Suárez Sánchez is a teacher, activist and human rights and environmental defender from Santander and founder of the social movement of resistance to mining and extractivism in that department. Linda Oneida is part of the national coordination of the Colombia Free of Fracking alliance and the national environmental movement, where she accompanies communities in opposition to fracking projects in the Magdalena Medio sub-region. The defender has also led exchanges for the rescue of traditional and peasant knowledge towards a just energy transition of the people and for the people.

HRDs in Colombia work in a violent and unsafe environment. They are subjected to threats, intimidation, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, physical assaults, torture, killings, illegal searches of their homes and offices and stigmatisation as a result of their activities in defence of human rights.